If you haven’t been under a rock then you know that Smite is one of the fastest growing battle arena games available on Android. It hasn’t earned that position without some controversy. The use of gods as battle characters is causing some religions to complain that the depiction is demeaning, disrespectful and discriminatory. How this will affect Smite’s standing within the Google Play terms and conditions is being watched closely.
The Hindu God Controversy
The inclusion of three of the major gods in the Hindu cosmos, and the way in which they were visually depicted caused an official complaint from the leader of the universal Hindu organization. They stated that such depictions and use of their gods was not only disrespectful to their religion, but purposely demeaning to all Hindus. They asked that the gods be removed from the game.
Smite’s creators issued a response that they did not mean any disrespect to the Hindu religion, but that all religions and gods were open game. In fact, they planned to be adding more gods to the game rather than taking out ones that may have offended people or caused them to feel disrespected.
What brings the concern about Google Play taking steps to ban Smite if it follows through on its announcement is the recent controversy over the Iron Dome games and apps that made it to its store. They have had to more clearly define what constitutes targeting a culture or a race in a demeaning or discriminatory way in a gaming world. That can most easily be translated into looking at how religions are respected since religion appears to be driving most of the strife in the world today.
If you were to take the announcement of Smite’s creators that they will just add more gods from every religion it leads to one very natural assumption – which soon Jesus Christ and Mohammed will be meeting in the Assault Arena. You can be assured that will not happen anytime soon. If it did, Smite would be wiped off the Google Play catalog faster than you could finish reading this sentence. The issue of respecting religion has come into greater play in the world’s political scene, and as there is more global economic issues involved in small politics – there is no way that anyone would jeopardize their bottom dollar to make a point.
Will it actually be banned?
Chances are Smite will be fine. What was an ill thought out response to a cultural concern is not thought to be actually implemented in a way that would violate Google Play’s terms and conditions. While Smite’s creators have shown a remarkable ignorance of the importance of religion and gods to the people who believe in them, it is assumed that somewhere they all have good friends with common sense who are cautioning them not to dare the line with Google Play’s limitations.
Like every gaming system, there comes a time when you should avoid buying it and there is a time that you should take the leap and invest in the home gaming entertainment system; now is the right time to buy into Xbox One. Released towards the end 2013, the gaming system has been an industry leader in innovative gaming technologies and it is the home system for some of the most popular games around – such as Titanfall and Call of Duty.
This is the home gaming system for serious gamers. You won’t be chasing fruits and veggies around, the majority of these games feature hardcore action and cinematic styling. Like all home gaming systems, the console has had its rough years, but these come when a gaming console is evolving. Now, Xbox One and Microsoft stand to take gaming into the future.
What Caused the Rough Year
It wasn’t all that long ago when industry analysts were wondering if all the great games in the world wouldn’t be capable of saving the console. Sales dropped and reviewers and customers complained that the system wasn’t delivering enough to merit the price it was asking. This was a result of Microsoft shifting a focus to try and include more streaming original content and to expand the appeal of the system. They did list the MSRP too high for people to feel comfortable taking the plunge, but with a few price adjustments and the release of a stellar upgrade package – it is reclaiming its place as a leader.
What the Upgrade Package Delivers
The coming upgrade package is going to deliver some key features that will enhance your game play. These upgrades include Blu-ray capability, low power indicators for your controllers and the ability to make mobile purchases. The range of apps available for the console now includes some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports.
Microsoft closed the Xbox Studios because they finally realized that to get the original and quality content they wanted to deliver, they need to focus on the platform and let independent and third party content creators do what they do best. You can now see YouTube, Hulu, Amazon movies, Netflix and Redbox media right on your Xbox One system. They also expanded its VOIP capabilities allowing for better gaming communication, and to make and receive calls using Skype.
Why Now is the Time to Buy
The latest generation of Xbox One comes bundled with Titanfall. This is the game created by the same people who made Call of Duty. In Titanfall, the gaming experience and overall game design are taken up a notch to use all of the revamped technology of the latest generation of the console. With the integration of the Kinect system and an Xbox Live Gold Membership, many of the newer games have integrative features you can activate to get an even more realistic experience within the gaming world. The upgrades will keep coming, but the console is ready to go now.
Team play in Battlefield 4 will only work if you and your team members have good communication and familiarity with each other’s style. If you are the team leader then you need to make sure that you don’t let friendships determine who you team up with, you want to create a good balance between health, strength, weapons and more. Play hard and fast but don’t play favorites if you want to get to the goal and get out fast with your VIPs alive.
For many gamers who aren’t as experienced in the culture of online gaming, team play is for getting together with your friends in your home or online to enjoy the game. In the real gaming world, team play is taken very seriously. The latest Battlefield 4 contains some upgrades to the way team play works that reflect the seriousness of this effort.
Putting the Team Together
There are several different ways that you can put your team together. You can assemble them as a simple 4 player choice, or you can issue invitations or take part in an online match making system for competition play. The goal with team building is to make sure you have complementary team members.
Not everyone has to have max strength, or even max health; but someone should definitely be able to fulfill the role of the medic. You also want hackers, crackers, drivers and all else. In the new Battlefield 4 you aren’t just rescuing one person, but a whole group of VIPs and this will make everything all the more complicated in game play. Add in trying to manage a team effort, and life just got more complicated.
How to Be an Effective Team Leader
One of the features of Battlefield 4 that you can use to your advantage is the advanced in game communication systems. What is good is that the developers of Battlefield 4 have worked to make sure that it is compatible with a wide variety of game platforms so you can take advantage of their clarity and security as well. There is not a lot of time when you are leading the team into action to be sending text messages back and forth, an effective leader knows how to control the verbal communication of their team so only what is essential is broadcast. Your team needs to know who to look to for each kind of situation you encounter so that you can focus on the overall mission – as the team leader it is not always your job to solve every problem.
There is nothing wrong with kicking someone off your team, especially in competition. The most common reasons that someone is kicked off is that when push comes to shove they don’t show up to the actual Battlefield 4 matches. That is inexcusable; you need people you can rely on when you are in the game to see it through to its successful finish.
The Nintendo Wii system has been one of the few gaming system that has always put an emphasis on wellness with its games promoting physical activity using their sensor pad and motion control devices. With the Wii U there is more of an integration of other important aspects to wellness, such as engagement and social activity that could very well make it an important part of improving a child’s overall sense of wellness. What makes this so different from other kid’s gaming networks and games is that Nintendo is pioneering a triad of integration using the Wii U console as the system enabler that touches more of a child’s life in balance.
The Triad of Integration
The triad of integration includes physical activity, creative engagement and social stimulus. Wii U can use a handheld console, control pad or the sensor pad and motion devices used with sports and dance games. All of this tie into Nintendo Land and the Miiverse social network where players can talk and post scores and achievements to this closed network. By pushing all of these elements together, the use of an electronic device for entertainment becomes less isolating and more engaging.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
One of the most anticipated new games that is being released for Wii U is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. By playing like your normal children’s adventure and puzzle game, the game incorporates the use of a stylus on the touch pad of the controller to bring in a new level of brain engagement and learning. The game itself is as well planned out and entertaining as most of the rest of Nintendo’s library, but it also makes use of the high definition graphics that define it to great effect. Your children will be playing, drawing and writing on the hand held device without realizing all the things they are doing that promote learning.
The Wii U Sensor Pad
The sports and physical activity games of the Wii U use both the sensor pad (made famous with Dance Dance Revolution) and motion controllers. The latest incarnations of these controllers has combined the motion sensors into the control pads so even when playing a basic sit down game, like Project Robot, body movement with the controller is used to enhance game play. As more and more studies show that children need more activity in their daily life, its introduction may be an ideal addition to their playtime schedule.
Miiverse is a closed social network available to registered players using Nintendo Land that allows players to communicate socially while in play. It is fully integrated into the Wii U system and allows for game results and achievements to be posted to the player’s timeline as well. This can promote better social skills and encourage less isolation in play. The fact that it is a closed network means it is also safer than other open networks on the Internet for children to use.